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Coast Guard warns of ice-breaking on Tuesday

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The Coast Guard is advising residents of southern Lake Erie islands, including Catawba Island, that the commercial tug Ohio is scheduled to break ice from South Bass Island to Catawba Island on Tuesday morning.

This ice-breaking operation does not involve a Coast Guard ice breaker. Nonetheless, the Coast Guard is advising residents and visitors that any ice in the area may be particularly unstable and dangerous.

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Choir concert and dinner Feb.24

On Monday, Feb. 24, Port Clinton High School’s Touch of Class, an a cappella vocal group, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner in the PCHS Cafeteria. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for dinner until 7:30 p.m. The choir concert, featuring both PCHS and Port Clinton Middle School choirs, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free. The cost for dinner is $10 at the door and includes a student-served spaghetti dinner complete with salad, garlic bread and dessert. All funds raised will go directly to offset the costs of bringing in professional a cappella group Duwende to Port Clinton for the PCHS Spring Choir Concert.

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Alejandro Zapata: Citizen of the Year 2013

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone presenting Alejandro Zapata with Citizen of the Year 2013

On the night of Saturday, Feb. 22, Mayor Vince Leone presented Alejandro “Hondo” Zapata with a key to the city and the title of Citizen of the Year for 2013 at Slater’s Madison Street Pub in downtown Port Clinton.

“We usually present the award at city hall,” said Mayor Leone, “but for Hondo, I thought this would be a better venue.”

Slater’s was already packed; regular Saturday night patrons and party goers for Stella Lopez’s birthday party which was being held there. Around 10:30 p.m. Mayor Leone, Michelle, Isaiah, Xavier, and Zayden Zapata along with friends and other family parted the sea of patrons to reach Hondo at the front of Slater’s who was DJ-ing.

Mayor Leone read aloud the Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor to Zapata and everyone in Slater’s.

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Terra State nursing students donate to scholarship fund

From left: Meghan Rich, Lisa Williams and Sue Kajfasz with the donation.

Nursing students at Terra State Community College are required to complete community service and fundraising projects as part of their education in serving others.

Their efforts recently surprised one of their professors, Sue Kajfasz. At their pinning ceremony in December, the students took the opportunity to present Kajfasz with a check for $350 to go to the scholarship fund named for her late grandson, Aaron.

“I was so touched and delighted, and for them to take time away from their special moment to present that gift was so moving,” Kajfasz said. “I was totally taken by surprise.”

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Riverview honors the Food and Nutrition Department

Staff Members of Riverview’s Food and Nutrition Department at the 2013 Resident and Family Annual Picnic: Jane Wolf, Christina Conard, Kelsey Kitzler, Shelbi Markin, Lee Earhart, Lisa Woods, Shalynn Hatmaker, Sarah Joseph, Megan Knecht, Connie Webert

Meals help meet many needs for all persons, in and out of nursing homes. In nursing homes, meals and mealtimes are especially important. Many nursing home residents have special nutritional needs. Others may need food specially prepared due to digestive disorders. Mealtimes are one of the most important activities of each day and provide an important opportunity for social gathering and sharing. Due to their social and nutritional significance, meals are a major concern for most nursing home residents. Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus Food and Nutrition Department works hard not only to provide quality food, but also to provide quality food service.

During the week of February 2-8, Riverview recognized the excellent service of the 23 employees who make up the facilities Food and Nutrition Department. The Department is overseen by Director Jane Wolf, RDT (7 years of service) and Manager, Megan Knecht (11 years of service).

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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge requests public comment

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor is having an open house and is encouraging the public to provide input as the staff review the refuge’s hunting and fishing programs.  The open house is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14000 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor.  The public is welcome to attend and discuss ideas with staff on improving hunting and fishing at the Refuge.  Call 419-898-0014 for additional information.

For more information about Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit the refuge's website, www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa or connect on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located 16 miles west of Port Clinton on State Route 2.

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Let’s Limit Litters

The Humane Society of Ottawa County is partnering in a effort with local veterinary hospitals on a spay/neuter awareness program called “Let’s Limit Litters”. 

Each year millions of unwanted pets are destroyed because of pet overpopulation. One of the best ways to prevent overpopulation is through simple spaying and neutering. It may sound like a simple solution, but the road to reaching this goal is still long and steep. The Humane Society of Ottawa County understands the vital importance of spaying and neutering and the impact on the overpopulation problem. Along with the local area veterinary hospitals, they have developed a low cost sterilization program. 

The program is very simple and you just have to contact the Humane Society of Ottawa County and obtain a low cost sterilization certificate. The costs of the certificates are as follows: 

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Small Business Basics seminar set for March

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering a free two-hour seminar, Small Business Basics, that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

This seminar will address running a business and offer help to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. The seminar will cover the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The Ottawa County seminar will be held Wednesday, March 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation conference room,8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor. It is free and open to the public.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, at 800-826-2431 or  419-559-2210, or contact him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Safety Council meeting and eye safety awareness

Ottawa County Safety Council’s monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, March 19, at Magruder Hospital Conference Center. From 11-11:30 a.m. will be lunch and networking. From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. will be the meeting and a presentation by Derek Stern, 360 Risk Management, on the topic “What to do when someone gets hurt.” RSVP on or before March 17 to Jessica Kowalski at 419.898.6242.

The Safety Council would also like to remind everyone that March is Eye Safety Awareness Month. Thousands of eye injuries occur in the workplace each year, which makes wearing proper eye protection so important. All it takes is a tiny sliver of metal, particle of dust or splash of chemical to cause significant and permanent eye damage. March is a great time to review eye and face protection regulations. OSHA’s eye and face protection standard (1910.133) states, “the employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.”  

Whether on the job or working on projects around the house, remember to wear proper safety glasses, goggles or face shields. Follow employer guidelines or the safety instructions provided with the equipment, materials or tools you are using.

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